TENNERTON, W.Va. — Officers with the Natural Resources Police confirm a bear was killed near a home in Upshur County where a woman was mauled last month.

Sources indicate the bear was treed by a group of houndsmen who were training their dogs in the area and alerted the DNR.

Authorities indicated at the time of the mauling the culprit bear appeared to be a young male and the bear killed late Friday night in the Tennerton community matched that description.

DNA samples from the bear have been sent to the wildlife genetics lab at West Virginia University for testing and to see if it can be determined if the bear killed is the one involved in the Upshur County incident.

Last week the DNR announced it was scaling back efforts to live trap the bear, fearing they were nearing a point where the likelihood of catching the right bears was diminished.